Graduate Programmes

The AA Graduate School includes 11 postgraduate programmes offering advanced studies for students with prior academic and professional experience. It is an important part of the larger AA School. All programmes are full-time courses of study, and all students join the school in September at the outset of a new academic year.

MA/MSc programmes include three academic terms of taught courses that conclude in late June, followed by a dissertation writing period leading up to the submission of final coursework in September. MArch programmes include two phases of study. Phase 1 consists of three academic terms of studio design and taught coursework concluding in late June. Following a summer break, all students return in September and undertake Phase 2 Thesis Design projects, which are submitted and presented the following January. The MFA and MPhil courses are similarly organised in two phases, with a longer Phase 2 that concludes the course in March/May of the second year of studies. The PhD programme normally includes three years of full-time study and a final year of part-time enrolment during the preparation of the final PhD submission.

Please note, if you are interested in gaining ARB/RIBA Part 2, please see the Undergraduate Application page and review the details for the Diploma School.

  • PhD/MPhil Programme

    PhD/MPhil programme

    Combining advanced research with a broader educational agenda
  • Media Practices

    MPhil in Media Practices

    Questioning the ways in which various media can inform and represent a reading of architecture
  • Important Notice: The Conservation of Historic Buildings course has been suspended for the 2017/18 academic year. This is a temporary suspension while the school works to re-organise the programme. Please regularly review the website for further updates.


16-month programmes, which are open to applicants with a five-year professional degree in architecture, for Architecture & Urbanism, Design & Make, Emergent Technologies & Design, Housing & Urbanism, Sustainable Environmental Design and Landscape Urbanism.


12-month programmes in Emergent Technologies & Design, Sustainable Environmental Design, Landscape Urbanism and Design & Make which are open to applicants with professional qualifications in architecture, engineering or other related disciplines. Dissertation projects are expected to combine design research with case study work related to students' backgrounds.


12-month programmes in History & Critical Thinking, Housing & Urbanism and Spatial Performance & Design, which are open to applicants with professional qualifications in architecture, engineering or other related disciplines. Dissertation projects are expected to combine design research with case-study work related to students' backgrounds.


18-month programme in Spatial Performance & Design, open to professionals in a number of creative fields who collectively realise projects between architecture, art and performance.


20-month Taught MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities) and the MPhil in Media Practices* are open to candidates with a four or five-year degree in architecture (BArch, Diploma or equivalent degree)


Complementing the Masters programmes, the AA PhD programme fosters advanced scholarship and innovative research in the fields of architecture and urbanism through full-time doctoral studies. A new PhD in Architectural Design programme provides a setting for advanced research and learning for architects, designers and other qualified professionals.

The AA is an Approved Institution and Affiliated Research Centre of The Open University (OU), UK. All taught graduate degrees at the AA are validated by the OU. The OU is the awarding body for research degrees at the AA.


Graduate Admissions Team AA School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

T: 020 7887 4067 / 4007

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